Now that your appetite is back, this is a great opportunity to focus on eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. About 300 extra calories each day are needed for women of normal weight to maintain a healthy pregnancy. The calories and weight gain you'll need depend on your body mass index (BMI), your due date, and how much you exercise. Most women with a normal BMI need 2100 to 2400 calories each day. Overweight women usually need fewer calories, and underweight women may need more, but check with your health care provider for advice about your specific needs. These calories provide an expectant mother with energy and help her unborn baby gain the proper weight. Calories should come from a balanced diet of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, with sweets and fats kept to a minimum.
Nutrition is a primary factor in the health of the mother and the baby. The following daily food amounts are for a pregnant woman as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
Fluid intake is also an important part of healthy pregnancy nutrition. Women can take in enough fluids by drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water each day, in addition to the fluids in juices and soups. An expectant mother should talk with her health care provider about restricting her intake of caffeine and artificial sweeteners. All alcohol should be avoided in pregnancy.
Healthy snack ideas
Fresh or dried fruit
Fresh vegetables with dip
Whole grain cereal
Whole grain crackers
Lightly salted popcorn
Fruit smoothie made with skim milk
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